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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
During the early to mid-2000s, rap producer Rick Rock rose in stature quite a bit, to the point where Virgin Records gave him the go-ahead to record an album with a group of his own, Federation. The album is first and foremost a showcase for his productions, which are quite distinct as far as rap productions go. He doesn't have a production style that is as distinct as that of, say, Timbaland, Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Lil Jon, DJ Premier, or the Neptunes, but his style is nonetheless engaging in and of itself and much more varied than that of those producers, all of whom could be accused of turning out generic, if awesome, beats. Not so with Rick. There's nothing generic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
During the early to mid-2000s, rap producer Rick Rock rose in stature quite a bit, to the point where Virgin Records gave him the go-ahead to record an album with a group of his own, Federation. The album is first and foremost a showcase for his productions, which are quite distinct as far as rap productions go. He doesn't have a production style that is as distinct as that of, say, Timbaland, Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Lil Jon, DJ Premier, or the Neptunes, but his style is nonetheless engaging in and of itself and much more varied than that of those producers, all of whom could be accused of turning out generic, if awesome, beats. Not so with Rick. There's nothing generic about his beats. Every track here on his Federation debut, The Album, is unique. For instance, as you make your way through your first listen of the album, you'll most likely find yourself curious to hear what sort of beat Rick comes up with next. And with its 18 tracks, The Album has plenty of variety. There's more to the album than just beat-making, though. Federation are a lively bunch, and they trade off verses on each track, often teaming up for the hooks. They're a hostile, crazy posse -- sort of like a West Coast Onyx or a less charismatic, small-scale Wu-Tang. There's no other West Coast rap group quite like them that comes easily to mind. They're from California, but they're as crunk as anyone in the South and as lyrical as anyone in New York. They're gifted rappers, for sure, but not reason enough to pick up this album. Nor should you pick up the album if you're looking for some standout hits. This isn't a pop album. Sure, some tracks stand out, chiefly the E-40 feature, "Hyphy," as well as a few especially clubby tracks like "Go Dumb" and "Go to Work." But there's nothing here that's gonna storm up the charts. If you're gonna go out of your way to pick up The Album, do it for Rick's productions. That's the real draw here -- genius beat-making.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724358121827
  • Catalog Number: 81218
  • Sales rank: 312,926

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:06)
  2. 2 What Is It - El Dorado Red (3:42)
  3. 3 Hyphy (4:31)
  4. 4 Go Dumb (4:06)
  5. 5 You Might See Me (3:50)
  6. 6 Hoes in Here (4:49)
  7. 7 You Don't Want It - Battle Loc (4:59)
  8. 8 Crazy (Skit) (0:52)
  9. 9 Go to Work (3:41)
  10. 10 We Ride (5:08)
  11. 11 Ghetto Love Song (5:14)
  12. 12 In Love With a Hoodrat - Undaflow (4:37)
  13. 13 Donkey (4:21)
  14. 14 What If I Had a Gun - Undaflow (5:22)
  15. 15 Damn (Interlude) (0:56)
  16. 16 Damn (4:37)
  17. 17 Momma Dot (Skit) (0:35)
  18. 18 Mayhem (4:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Federation Primary Artist
Michael Denten Background Vocals
Femi Ojetunde Guitar
Rick Rock Track Performer
Next Level Vocals
Doris Brooks Vocals
El Dorado Red Track Performer
Technical Credits
Joe Jackson Engineer
Michael Denten Engineer
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels Composer
E. Stevens Composer
Rahiem Prince Thomas Composer
Rob Thomas Composer
T.J. Jackson Composer
Chris Bellman Mastering
The Brain Art Direction
Rick Rock Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Big Jon Platt Executive Producer
J.K. Simmons Composer
C.C. Mitchell Composer
Joseph "Run" Simmons Composer
Dustin "Nump" Perfetto Engineer, Digital Editing, Vocal Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New and Fresh Sound

    Federation, The Album has the Rick Rock beat, mixed in with bass guitar, and back round vocals. Producer Rick Rock got together the 3 best rappers in Fairfield, California. The song “Hyphy”, featuring E-40 really explains how the bay is, how people act and how they live. Songs like “Go Dumb”, “Go To Work”, and “You Might See Me” are good club songs, they have a really good sounds, when they come on it really makes u want to move your head and groove with the beat. The song “ We Ride” is a song you ride in the car with your friends, roll the windows down and sign with the music. Federation gives a really good and detailed examples of Bay Area rap culture. They are considered to be West Coast Crunk, but with the help of E-40 they are considered Hyphy. Rick Rock gives a new sound to Bay Area rap, he is considered the Dr. Dre, Lil Jon, Kayne West, and the Neptunes of the Bay. This is a very complete album, it has beats, vocals, and complex fast lyrics, it’s a Album that when you find it buy it. This is one of those CD’s that put the Bay on the map.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the west coast best coast rap group

    the production is outstanding. new and refreshing. i like the way the federation lay down their lyrics. i fill what they be saying. there fun to listen too and feel very real to the ears.

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